The Veldt

The Veldt Symbol Icon
The veldt, with its punishing heat and its menacing lions and vultures, represents the reality of human existence and human nature. As a product of the nursery, the veldt serves as a mirror of reality: despite the implication that technology (represented by the nursery) represents “progress,” the result of this progress is a barren, primeval landscape. The veldt shows us that human existence hasn’t really changed since its inception; we are cruel savages by nature, and despite the advances of technology, we remain so. In fact, the story suggests, technology may in fact help us express our selfishness and cruelty more effectively: the veldt is a direct emanation of the Hadley children’s minds.

The Veldt Quotes in The Veldt

The The Veldt quotes below all refer to the symbol of The Veldt. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Simon & Schuster edition of The Veldt published in 2012.
The Veldt Quotes

George Hadley stood on the African grassland alone. The lions looked up from their feeding, watching him. The only flaw to the illusion was the open door through which he could see his wife, far down the dark hall, like a framed picture, eating her dinner abstractedly.

Related Characters: George Hadley, Lydia Hadley
Related Symbols: The Veldt
Page Number: 15
Explanation and Analysis:

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“You’ve let this room and this house replace you and your wife in your children’s affections. This room is their mother and father, far more important than their real parents. And now you come along and want to shut it off. No wonder there’s hatred there. You can feel it coming out of the sky. Feel that sun. George, you’ll have to change your life. Like too many others, you’ve built it around creature comforts. Why, you’d starve tomorrow if something went wrong in your kitchen. You wouldn’t know how to tap an egg. Nevertheless, turn everything off. Start new.”

Related Characters: David McClean (speaker), George Hadley, Lydia Hadley, Wendy Hadley, Peter Hadley
Related Symbols: The Happylife Home, The “Nursery”, The Veldt
Page Number: 22-23
Explanation and Analysis:

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He stared at the two children seated in the center of the open glade eating a little picnic lunch. Beyond them was the water hole and the yellow veldtland; above was the hot sun. He began to perspire. “Where are your mother and father?”
The children looked up and smiled. “Oh, they’ll be here directly.”…
A shadow flickered over Mr. McClean’s hot face. Many shadows flickered. The vultures were dropping down the blazing sky.
“A cup of tea?” asked Wendy in the silence.

Related Characters: Wendy Hadley (speaker), Peter Hadley (speaker), David McClean (speaker), George Hadley, Lydia Hadley
Related Symbols: The Veldt
Page Number: 26-27
Explanation and Analysis:

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The Veldt Symbol Timeline in The Veldt

The timeline below shows where the symbol The Veldt appears in The Veldt. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
The Veldt
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Human Nature Theme Icon
...Home. Before their eyes, the blank walls of the nursery transform into a three-dimensional African veldt. George feels the intense heat of the sun and begins to sweat. He wants to... (full context)
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Lydia, still afraid, says that the veldt is “too real.” She tells George to make sure their children, Wendy and Peter, stop... (full context)
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...Wendy and Peter have been spending too much time in Africa. The animals in the veldt devour their prey right before his children’s eyes. George reflects that it is never too... (full context)
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...The children’s fantasy world, he reflects, is becoming “a bit too real.” Alone in the veldt, he can look back and see through the open door of the nursery: through the... (full context)
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...asks them about Africa, and the children feign ignorance, insisting they haven’t created an African veldt. Wendy runs to the nursery, and when she comes back, announces that there is no... (full context)
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George and Lydia can’t sleep. They agree that Wendy changed the nursery from a veldt to a forest to try to fool them. They don’t know why, but George is... (full context)
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...he looks at his feet. He admits that he and Wendy have been creating the veldt in the nursery, and asks George not to turn off the nursery. When George reveals... (full context)
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...Lydia invite their friend, psychologist David McClean, to examine the nursery. David observes that the veldt doesn’t “feel good.” A psychologist, he says, works based on feeling, not hard fact. And... (full context)
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...Wendy and Peter calling for them. George and Lydia run into the nursery, into the veldt, but their children aren’t inside. Then the door of the nursery slams shut, trapping George... (full context)
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...and sees Wendy and Peter eating a picnic in a glade. Beyond them is the veldt. David, feeling the heat of the sun, starts sweating. He asks the children where George... (full context)